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    November 3, 2009
    4:00 - 5:00am EST  

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awhile the u.s. is preparing for an election tuesday, afghanistan has cancelled its voting scheduled for saturday. dana lewis talked with the presidential challenger who pulled the plug on his own campaign over the weekend. >> in the center of kabul, the afghan army has been deployed at key checkpoints once manned by local police a more muscular security presence, because afghanistan is on edge. heightened security fears amid uncertainty of who is in charge of the country. today the answer. afghanistan's election commission, despite being tarnished by running a dirty presidential election in august, today declared incumbent karzai the winner and cancelled plans to hold a second runoff election this saturday. the commission ruled no runoff is necessary because despite the fact that karzai had at least a million bogus votes from stuffed ballot boxes and fake polling stations, his
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rival, dr. abdullah abdullah announced yesterday he was pulling out. today he told fox news the head of the election commission wasn't fired as he was requested and the next vote he said would not be free or fair and he suggested the karzai government may not survive the next five years in office because it has lost so much credibility with the people of afghanistan. >> with a situation like that, it cannot sustain for another five years. that's a big question. >> you think it could unravel? >> i will say that, to say the least that it is a question. >> dangerous time? >> very challenging time. >> the international community is ending a question of the uncertainty amid the surge in violence. last month was the deadliest since the conflict began, 55 soldiers dead. last week's bold and bloody attack on a u.n. compound by the taliban left 11 dead including three terrorists. today the u.n. secretary general made a surprise visit
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to afghanistan saying unlike in iraq, the u.n. will not be scared off here. >> we must not be deterdz and negotiations will continue. >> president karzai will hold a news conference to react to his delayed and tarnished election win tomorrow. he may have to reach out to some of the voters who believe that this historic afghan election was a big lesson in dirty democracy. in kabul, dana lewis, fox news. bret: the obama administration is trying to put the best possible spin on the afghanistan election. white house correspondent wendell goler tells us how. >> president obama spoke at a picture-taking session with the prime minister of sweden minutes after placing a phone call to afghan president hamid karzai which mr. obama said was not just to congratulate him. >> i emphasized that this has to be a point in time in which we begin to write a new chapter, based on improved governance, a much more serious effort to eradicate
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corruption. >> the president called the election messy. his aides said the democratic process worked in afghanistan even though the u.s.-backed leader tried to subvert it. >> two commissions determined that a serries are of votes, a big chunk of votes were fraudulent and they were thrown out as required, and the sitting president had to go through a second round. i think that demonstrates that the laws and institutions of afghanistan worked. >> u.s. officials said abdullah abdullah's decision not to contest the recount reflected his belief he had no chance to win, but aides say president obama, with a nine-day asia trip beginning next week is still weeks away from deciding whether to send more troops to afghanistan and that doesn't sit well with house minority leader john boehner who said in a written statement "the white house has no further pretext for delaying the decision on giving general mcchrystal the resources he needs to achieve our goals in afghanistan." boehner wants commanding general stanley mcchrystal to get all 40,000 additional
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troops he has requested and so does the head of the armed services committee who said in a written statement, quote "i continue to believe that general mcchrystal's counterinsurgency plan is the right approach," but regional experts like rick nelson believe the u.s. would do better to build stronger partnerships with afghanistan's provincial governors. >> i think the provincial approach going forward and we can identify areas that are going to be stable on their own will certainly allow us to go with a lot less troops. >> president obama has asked for a province by province assessment of afghanistan's leadership, and nelson says that may be a way to pressure karzai to clean up his act. >> the united states or nato forces will tank power away from him and put it in the hand of other folks in afghanistan such as the provincial governors is certainly something that has to affect him. >> president obama says he is not blindly accepting karzai's prom mises. he says the proof will be in deeds. aides say he is not setting up
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benchmarks for his troop decision and also say that no one in the administration believes any military raid will work in afghanistan without successful governance. bret. bret: wendell, thank you. in other world headlines, it was a deadly day in pakistan where a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and a second attack hours later and a suicide bomber blew up a car at a police roadblock injuring at least 7 police officers there. the united nations is pressing iran for a swift final answer to its proposal concerning nuclear fuel. officials offered mixed signals today to the idea of sending uranium abroad for enrichment. the foreign minister said the options still exist, while a senior diplomat suggested the opposite. in morrocco, hillary clinton moderated her praise of israel's offer to restrain but not stop its construction of settlements in palestinian areas. clinton says israel's move falls far short of u.s.
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expectations. could saving jobs with the stimulus actually hurt the economy? and will healthcare reform help or hurt you?
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>> as the house prepares to vote soon on healthcare reform legislation, the rhetoric on both sides is already heating up. north carolina republican virginia fox says americans have more to fear from the healthcare bill and james rosen looks at the fire from both sides. >> with 2,000 pages of healthcare reform bill from last thursday, republicans and their private sector allies claim that the bill will strain the economy by driving
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up healthcare costs borne by small businesses. >> they will have less ways to employ people. in 2013, they will get hit on the head with an 58% payroll tax that they won't be covering. >> the white house shot that the reforms will level the playing field in terms of outlays between small and big nis businesses an accuse the g.o.p. of using scare tactics. >> we started early with the death pan ales -- panels and whatever else and now it will devastate small business f you look at the details, the thing is a great boon to small business. >> republicans circulated what they described as a comprehensive list of all the the new bureaucracies the house bill will create. democratic aides say many of the initiatives republicans have supported over the years, and on the senate side where democrats are trying to merge two competing bills into one product, harry reid sent lawmakers a letter promising to allow g.o.p. members a
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chance to offer amendments. >> if you make under $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime, not income taxes, not payroll taxes, not capital gains taxes no, taxes. >> this plan offered another point of contention. an analysis bite non-partisan joint committee on taxation found that the senate committee finance's healthcare reform measure would impose higher taxes on 46 million middle class families and individuals, one of president obama's closest advisors sidestepped questions raised by this assessment. >> there are lots of different analyses, and until we have a final bill, let's hold off pre-judge what it will do the president has made it cheer he does not want to impose a tax onto middle class. >> house republicans plan to spend tuesday reading allowed the democrats' 1,990-page bill and by the time they finish that exercise, the length will likely increase because steny hoyer plans to add a so-called
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manager's amendment to the bill. this is a fairly common but controversial document that can change the wording and substance of the bill to which it is attached. bret:. bret: get out the throat lozenges. james thanks. how will the reform effort may during tuesday's elections? brit hume has thoughts on that. good evening, brit. >> hello, bret. healthcare reform is not strictly speaking of much of an issue in the three main races being watched this election eve but it is certainly a factor. obama care, as it is being called, has galvanized conservative activists and united republicans putting them in a different position than a year ago. even dede scozzafava, the dropped out republican in the special election in upstate new york was against the president's healthcare plans but stood with her party on little else and her subsequent endorsement of the democrat in the ace would validate distrust over here. yet her departure has trying remembered another round of finger wagging warnings from the left and its friends in
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the media that the g.o.p. is once again leaning too far right. one "new york times" columnist even called the activists who came into the district in new york to work against her stalinists. so let's look at some numbers a poll out today finds only about 32% of americans call themselves republicans. 38% say they're democrats, but 40% of americans in a poll out last week say they're conservative. only 20% say they are liberal with the rest declaring themselves moderate. which way should conservatives be leaning, toward the 40% republicans or toward the 20%? no doubt which way dede scozzafava leaned, were gas roots republicans really foolish to abandon her? bret. bret: so do you see national implications to tomorrow's elections? >> some. certainly the one real swing state was a statewide race tomorrow, that's virginia. obama carried it last time t had been a red state for many years. it was sort of a new era in
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virginia and now we have a republican candidate for governor going into the ace with a big lead a huge upset would have major implications t looks like it will be a republican state once again. that tells you how far we have come from a year ago. new jersey really is a blue state. if jon corzine loses there, after all we have been through in that state, that would be quite telling, and certainly a shout across the bow of democrats facing a vote on obama care in the congress. bret: see you tomorrow night in new york. >> bret, thanks. bret: we will tell you who has been visiting the white house the most since president obama moved in, and guess who is aheadair in your home can beanxe
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guantanomo bay should not be givennen preferential treatment." the military says they are clued in the priority group because prison populations are at higher risk of getting the flu. >> at least 16 million voters, roughly 8.9% of all those registered have either moved or died and are what experts considered deadwood in this year's election. stair stotsel international estimates more than 3 million are dead and another 13 million have moved from their registered address but still listed on the voter rules. the most dead wood is in washington state, west virginia, massachusetts and new hampshire. a company representative refuseed to release all state by state totals saying they did not want to affect tuesday's elections in any way in new jersey, virginia and illinois. a partial list of visitors has been released between president obama's inauguration and the end of july.
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110 names, 481 visits. it shows industry leaders, lobbyists, big campaign donors and activists. the most frequent visitor on the list is andrew stern, president of the service employees international union, seiu, with 22 visits. national organization for women president has 15, and jesse jackson totalled 6 visits an steve elmendorf clocked in five times and big time democratic donor george soros has four visits. celebrity sightings is oprah winfrey, brad pitt, george clooney, serena williams an wrapper rapper jay-z but the white house warns not every name is a public figure. michael moore, michael jordan, william ayers and jeremiah wright made the list but white house officials say they aren't the ones you might be thinking of, but other people by those names.
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we told you friday the white house says its economic stimulus has saved or created at least 640,000 jobs, possibly as many as a million. one of the state's that reportedly has benefitted is oregon, which has has been hammered by the recession, but as dan springer reports in our on the job segment, not everyone thinks oregon will come out ahead in the long run. >> a job training session in portland, oregon, provides a glimpse of the federal stimulus package in action. jason pruitt was unemployed and on food stamps. now he is a social social services staffer, learning to be a caseworker. >> for me, it is like i feel that i get to contribute. >> so far, oregon has spent over $1 billion of stimulus money saving or creating more than 9,000 jobs, but three out of every four are government positions, which critics say are unsustainable when federal funding runs out. >> when all we do is just prop up government jobs with federal money, we haven't
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still addressed the long-term issue of creating local work and local communities. >> some of the stimulus has trickled down into private companies, mainly through infrastructure projects but most of the money is going to keep schools open, and pay for jobless benefits and food stamps for the 11.5% of oregon people out of work. the governor's office says the most important thing is getting that money out into the economy. >> the recovery act is as much about minimizing the impact of the economic devastation that we have been facing as it is turning the economy around. a lot of this is about us just getting by. >> but business owners want to know why they're not seeing tax breaks or other incentives to help them create jobs that won't die up when the money is gone. >> we'd like to see the stimulus money take a business and provide the catalyst for that business to grow and put them in a position to hire more people, put people to work, and then we'll be out of a recession.
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>> one state economist agreed pointing out adding government jobs is actually more expensive in the near and long term than helping boost private sector hirings. jason pruitt has been told his job is permanent. as for when the slowdown will end, it's anybody's guess n portland, oregon, dan springer, fox news. the fox all-stars will tell us what to think
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because any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare... will accept aarp medicare supplement insurance. anywhere in the u.s. the freedom to do my own thing, without worrying about which doctor i can see. medicare covers only about 80%... of your part b healthcare costs. the rest has to come out of your pocket. but with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, you could save up to thousands of dollars... because it helps cover some of the out-of-pocket expenses... medicare doesn't. and only these medicare supplement plans... have the aarp name... and cover more people nationwide... than any other medicare supplement insurance carrier. call today and you'll receive a free information kit... with a customized rate quote to help you choose the plan... that's right for you. you'll learn about a choice of plans... that help cover some of the 20% out-of-pocket costs... that medicare part b doesn't cover, making it easier to budget your annual healthcare expenses. oh, grandpa! and you'll discover how convenient and easy... it is to use your aarp medicare supplement insurance. you just show your card. no hassles. at this time of my life, freedom is everything.
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medicare only pays for part of your healthcare coverage. you have to come up with the rest. it's all about freedom of choice. back in the sixties, i went my own way. why stop now? so call today for a free information kit. when you call, you'll also receive... this free educational guide to help you... understand your medicare coverage options. it's yours free, so call now. and learn how aarp medicare supplement insurance... can help make your sixties a time of freedom. again. >> it is clear that the campaign is lagging. we are struggling with finances. and i think it is what we are doing to do the right thing and the republican chair has stood beside me this entire time, and we will do what is best for the republican party. >> that was republican dede
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scozzafava. she is releasing her supporters and a short time later she endorsed the democrat in the race, bill owens, saying this, quote, it is in this spirit that i will let you know that i am supporting bill owens and urge you to do the same. well, here is the latest poll in new york 23, and there you see the numbers with the development. 41% are fro doug hoffman and bill owens, 36% and undecided, 18%. what about this race and all the other aces we will be covering tomorrow? let's bring in bill kristol. let's start with new york 23. bill. >> candidate obama carried virginia last year and it is a republican position. obama carried it and that's
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why they made john mckuhn secretary of army. this wassen rain credible move by rahm emanuel. it is the most important job in the executive branch and the special election and we have the chaos of the republican side and scozzafava pulls out and the absentee ballots traditionally counted for hoffman but nonetheless, hoffman is likely to amazing. this is plus five obama district, chaos onto democratic side and the democrat is going to lose, probably. bret: juan, you listen to a lot of the national media as they look at this race and it made it a huge deal out of this conservative candidate overtaking the republican. do you make a huge deal out of it? athink it's probably the most important race in terms of
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looking forward that we're going to have tomorrow night. i say that because i think it's really telling about what is going on inside the g.o.p. if you get house minority leader john boehner, if you get eric cantor, if you get newt ging rip all saying, you know what we are for scozzafava and the g.o.p. people on the ground saying this is the candidate for our party and then you get this highly energized very conservative bice, no, we don't like what she stands for and you have to say exactly who is in control of the party? who is defining the party at this critical moment? we know that people are saying the party is anti-obama, but it's go got to go beyond that and say what it is for, and at the moment, i think it is limiting the size of the tent. is that going to help? it is an energized space, very energized. it is going to turn out tomorrow in big numbers but down the road, what does it say to independent voices to republican martyrs that the party is not there for them?
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bret: well, they weren't, the republican as a whole, for the stimulus and dede scozzafava was. she was actually, some say, left of the democratic candidate in that district. >> sure. bret: so is that telling for the national republican party? >> yeah, it is telling. in other words, you can have -- i think if you look at democratic party, you have liberal democrats, you have conservative democrats. that's why the blue dog argument that we experience here in terms of the healthcare reform argument, but on the republican side, what we're seeing now is we're seeing if you are a liberal rockefeller in new york republican, that kind of republican is no longer acceptable. >> the idea that it is limiting the tent of republicans is absurd. she is not a moderate. she a liberal, as you said about the stimulus, also, she is for card check, the abolition of the secret balloting in union elections that. isn't a moderate position. it is a left wing position.
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even a lot of democrats are ram bifl ant about that. it's not just social issues which is how liberals are portrayed. if you're not down the line on social issues you will be read out of the republican party. she was not a republican and she showed it. it took a half a day and she turned on the party. she was a liberal. she was was a person in the new york state that had a chance and thought she would ride the idea of being a liberal into congress. it didn't work. the message here is that there is a true revolt. there is an opposition grassroots in the country to the overall obama agenda. it is about high taxes, about expanding the government, it is about expanding the reach of government. it is about the government controls t is a fundamental and important movement. if the republicans ignore it, it's the engine of recovering the house and the senate. if it's ignored and tapped down in the name of appeasing
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independents and the name of acting as a liberal, that's and an absurd strategy. that's what is being uncovered in new york 23. bret: let's go to the new jersey poll. that race for governor, there is a new poll out that says that chris christie, the republican, is up now by 2 points, obviously within the margin of error there. it is very close. bill, what does this say, this race, if, for example, chris christie can pull it out. >> it was a 16-point swing against the democrats. this is just a classic swing congressional district. there are a heck of a lot of democratic congressmen who are relengthed in 2006 and 2008 in districts like this, districts that went for bush in 2004, went for obama in 2008f a conservative republican can win in this district with all the disadvantages of the chaos on the republican side and official republican candidate fully endorsing the democrat,
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what does that say to the moderate democrats in the house sni think it is something they can pull it out with the republican victory in new new york and maybe new jersey. i think it is a huge blow to healthcare. nancy pelosi needs the votes in districts exactly like this and the swing voters in districts like this are trurng against the democrats. what is is the essence of this campaign? it is totally about pelosi. mr. owens is a nice man, a local citizen. don't send him to washington to be a rub remember stamp vote for nancy pelosi. bret: we have bob mcdonnell up in the republican vote in a purple state, virginia, and he is up 18. what happens if republicans do swing these three big races, the message that is sent and what happens if it is split? how do you read it? >> well, if it's a tidal wave, let's say, i think a lot of what bill is saying is wishful thinking about the larger impact of this, because it's really not a referendum on
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healthcare or immigration. what it is in a telling sense in new jersey about taxes and about corruption in that state, much more so than anything else, so people won't interpret it as a negative sign for obama an pressure on conservative democrats. >> it was a christmas election, one-shot deal and all this talk about realignment, about a new era of the death of republicanism or conservatism is utter nonsense. it is an unusual election all last year, and all the stars are aligned democratic, charismatic candidates still only a 7-point victory. the return to the norm is happening now and we're going to see it tomorrow night. bret: we will talk about the election that isn't going to happen in afghanistan and what it means for american troops after the
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>> about an hour ago i spoke with president karzai and congratulated him on his election for a second time as president of the republic of afghanistan and emphasized that this has to be a point in time in which we begin to white a new chapter based on improved governance, a much more serious effort to eradicate corruption and he assured me that he understood the importance of this moment, but, as i indicated to him, the proof is not going to be in words. it's going to be in deeds. bret: well, the opposition candidate in afghanistan, dr. abdullah abdullah announced sunday he was pulling out so an election runoff was not necessary and afghanistan's election commission declared karzai the winner and cancelled the plans to hold the second runoff election this coming saturday,
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even though karzai had at least 1 million bogus votes from stuffed ballot boxes an fake polling stations. we are back with the panel. how does this affect u.s. policy to afghanistan? charles? >> it has no effect. the obama excuse for all the agonizing around and the waiting and deliberating over troop levels, excuse has been well, we can't really decide this unless the taint of this election is removed and until we are really sure about who our partner is was always a fig leaf. it was always an excuse. it was a weak and corrupt government before and it is today and nobody expects anything different. look, the reason obama has been agonize something not because he has concerns about the government in afghanistan. he is worried about the composition of the government in the united states, meaning whether his popularity would suffer if he went with the generals, whether the democrats are going to lose seats in the house and the senate next year, and overall,
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whether or not he will be able to pass his cherished domestic agenda if he alienates his left by accepting an es ka a lation -- an escalation of the war. it is all about politics that are american politics not afghan politics. bret: there is a large question of when president obama would announce his decision and a lot of people said it would be after the runoff. now there is no runoff, so it will be after tomorrow. >> yeah, apparently it is going to be after this 9-day trip, so we don't know, but i must say, charles, you almost articulate the white house point of view interestingly in in your comments, because, you know, hillary clinton, the secretary of state, white house people are saying, oh, yeah, this is now a legitimate government. it has gone through the electoral process. it's been certified by the afghan government. i was thinking to myself, who are they kidding? of course it is not a legitimate election. the man just cheated wildly, and if america is looking for a partner that is reliable and that the afghan people can say this is a legitimate
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government and we understand if we go with them we're not going with a bunch of thugs, we're going with someone who will not cheat us, not abuse us and they're better than the taliban, the afghan people don't know that as a result now of this election and it makes it more problematic for the u.s. government, and to say that this is all about healthcare, i don't know where -- i really do believe that the president is sincere in saying he cares deeply about fighting terrorists. this is about fighting al qaeda. that is the goal here. bret: bill. >> the president said today and i agree with him, there has to be a point in time in which we begin to write a new chapter based on improved governance, and he should take that seriously and show improved governance in the united states and make a decision. this has been a farce. this endless seminar and now he is looking into the composition of each province in afghanistan so he can second-guess general mcchrystal and the huge team of military advisors he has. each province in afghanistan came up with the recommendation. they should take seriously the
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deeds, not speeches an act to send the troops that are necessary, and not just because it is annoying that he dithers, but it matters. general mcchrystal says there is a sense of urgency. there needs to be a summer offensive. the longer you wait to make the decision, the longer the wait on the defense will be and the more disadvantaged we will be militarily. >> the question is he said it is a war of necessity, does he believe it, and that's the real issue. if you're going to go into war and escalate a war, you have to have a commander in chief who believes in the war. the way he has acted it looks as if even if he decided he would go into it he will be heart hearted. you want a war that escalates with a half hearted commitment on behalf of the commander in chief? it's a real issue. bret:air in your home can bethe
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locations throughout the country ahead of tuesday's election. because of all of the focus on the election, what you may have missed recently was some stellar reporting on what's been happening with the weather. ♪ >> the rain came down hard for about a good hour's time. as you can see behind me, a little bit of water did pool there in the streets. >> i got the hood back on so as you can see rain coming down yet again, light rain. i had the hood off the last half hour. >> let me show you the rain has been coming down. can you see this water flow. >> off and on drizzle all day. the right now the drizzle is off. >> the water flowing in this gutter here right below me is one sign that the steady rain overnight. >> i'm seeing a little like gloominess in the sky so not really fun. bret: in-depth reporting. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. see you tomorrow night out of new york. special election coverage.